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article imageNASA will grow plants on the moon by 2015

By Owen Weldon     Dec 1, 2013 in World
NASA announced that it will grow plants on the moon by 2015. The project is designed to further humanity's chances of colonizing space.
For the first time ever, the Lunar Plant Growth Habitat team will seed life from Earth on another celestial body, according to The Independent. NASA said that humans can probably thrive on the moon if the plants are able to thrive.
According to RedOrbit, Once the plants arrive in 2015, water will be added to the seeds, and then NASA will monitor their growth for 5-10 days. They will also be compared to Earth based controls.
NASA said that it will send up basil, Arabidopsis and turnip seeds. They will be sent up as a payload on a commercial spacecraft that has been developed for the Google Lunar X-prize.
According to Daily Mail, If the plants survive for 14 days, then it demonstrates that they can sprout in the moon's radiation environment. If they survive for 60 days, then it will demonstrate that sexual reproduction can occur in a lunar environment.
If the plants survive 180 days, then the effects of radiation on dominant and recessive genetic traits, and the experiment may run for months through multiple generations.
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